International Society of Automation News Release
Contact: Jennifer Infantino Halsey
National Coordinator and Chair of the National Council
National Council Representative and Communications Lead
ISA to participate in the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (29 August 2016) — The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it will participate in the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance (CCA) /Alliance canadienne sur la cybersécurité (ACC).
The CCA-ACC (originally initiated as the Inter-Association Working Group on Cyber Security - IAWGCS) is a voluntary, non-hierarchical, not-for-profit agile network, founded by Grant Lecky in 2013. The primary purpose of the CCA-ACC is to enhance the professionalization of the Canadian cyber domain through effective inter-association engagement and knowledge-sharing.
To date, more than 90 associations with a stake in cybersecurity have confirmed their participation in the CCA-ACC. Each of the participating associations contribute their own unique perspective on the Canadian cyber landscape.
The CCA-ACC is administered by a National Council, whose role includes maintaining the structure of the CCA-ACC and facilitating inter-association dialogue.
ISA: At the vanguard of protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattack
ISA has developed the world’s only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards. These series of standards—known as ISA/IEC 62443—are integral components of the US government’s current and future plans to combat industrial cyberattack. They define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure automation and control systems and security practices, and assessing electronic security performance.
Representing a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, the ISA/IEC 62443 set of standards is designed to prevent and mitigate industrial control system security vulnerabilities across all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure. Reducing these vulnerabilities is crucial since they can open the door to potentially devastating cyber damage to the industrial plant systems and networks used in power generation, water treatment, refineries and other essential industrial facilities.
ISA leverages the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards to offer the most comprehensive set of industrial cybersecurity certificate programming and aligned training courses in the marketplace—covering the complete lifecycle of industrial automation and control system (IACS) assessment, design, implementation, operations and maintenance.
In mid-April of this year, ISA provided industrial control systems cybersecurity training for the US National Guard during its nationwide Cyber Shield exercise, which was held at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. More than 900 soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors and civilians representing 47 states and territories participated in the training event to assess their skills in responding to cyber-incidents. Read the ISA press release and view the Cyber Shield 2016 video for more information.
To learn more about ISA’s comprehensive capabilities in industrial cybersecurity, visit ISA’s cybersecurity resources page.
The International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.
ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org), an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (www.isasecure.org) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (www.isa100wci.org).